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Akins sentenced to 20 years to life

JOHNSTOWN — Delaney Akins was sentenced to 20 years to life imprisonment in Fulton County Court on Tuesday for kidnapping and assaulting a Gloversville man last August. Akins, 27, of Manhattan, received sentences of 20 years to life for first-degree kidnapping, two 20 year sentences for two ...

Teen pleads to sexual abuse

JOHNSTOWN — A 16-year-old admitted to having sexual contact with a child under the age of 11 on a Broadalbin-Perth school bus as part of a plea agreement the teen accepted in Fulton County Court on Tuesday. Dominick M. Young, 16, pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, a class D ...

House fire displaces family

GLOVERSVILLE — A family of five has been displaced following a fire at their First Street home that broke out late on Tuesday night. Members of the Gloversville and Johnstown Fire Departments were dispatched to a reported porch fire at 23 First St. at 11:37 p.m. on Tuesday. The front porch ...

Officials neutral about solar farm

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Board on Tuesday remained neutral on a Massachusetts company’s project for a solar farm at the former Gloversville landfill property in the town of Johnstown. The board voted at the Fort Johnstown Annex to stay out of the project, in which Ameresco ...

Officials: ‘Bear with us’ on unkempt lawns

JOHNSTOWN — City officials have three words to tell the public regarding overgrown lawns in violation of city codes: “Bear with us.” The city Fire Department’s codes enforcement office and the city Department of Public Works work together during any given summer on lawns whose grass ...

Zoning laws discussed in Northville

By BRIANA O’HARA The Leader-Herald NORTHVILLE — The village board has been in the process of reviewing the changes made to the proposed updated zoning and subdivision laws that were made by the zoning committee. Mayor John Spaeth said the board has been holding workshops to review ...

Board approves tower upgrade purchases

JOHNSTOWN — Purchases to improve tower communications for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department were approved last week by the Board of Supervisors. The board authorized purchase of four LED monitors at a cost of $7,400 for use in the sheriff’s Dispatch Center on Route 29. Sheriff ...

22nd annual Safe Summer Bike Helmet Program launched Tuesday

MAYFIELD —Wear a helmet and get a ticket, seems to be the motto to follow this summer, for any children caught following safe bike riding skills by wearing helmets will be rewarded. State Sen. Jim Tedisco launched the 22nd annual Safe Summer Bike Helmet Program on Tuesday with Mayfield ...

Stefanik votes not to condemn Trump’s tweets

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik voted against a House resolution that condemned President Donald Trump’s recent tweets and statements as racist attacks on four progressive congresswomen of color. The House majority of 235 Democrats passed the resolution with 240 votes, four of which came from ...

Akins gets 20 years to life

JOHNSTOWN — The man who kidnapped a man for a week, tortured him and sexually abused him was sentenced today in Fulton County Court by Judge Polly Hoye to 20 years to life for first-degree kidnapping, two sentences of 20 years for the two charges of first-degree assault, and seven years for ...

City of Johnstown paving bid process restarted over error

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday night rejected two city paving bids and will start all over again rebidding. Sealed written bids for the resurfacing of certain city streets were opened last Thursday, but officials said there was an error in the quantities. “We try to break it ...

Gloversville Police Chief: Arrests, calls down

GLOVERSVILLE — Police Chief Marc Porter delivered the second quarter statistical report for the police department to the Common Council last week that shows police activity leveling off or decreasing in a number of areas from the same quarter in 2018, discontinuing the trend from reports in ...

Montgomery County eyes joining federal lawsuit

FONDA — The Montgomery County clerk is seeking to have the county join a federal lawsuit that is questioning whether following New York state’s Greenlight Bill goes against federal immigration laws. Brittany Kolbe would like Montgomery County to join a Rensselear County lawsuit that is in ...

Local real estate icon remembered

JOHNSTOWN — Tributes continue to flow in from all sectors of the community remembering local real estate and economic development icon Arlene May Sitterly, who passed away recently. The highly-respected, 95-year-old dynamo with the incredible memory, pleasant smile, and kind words for ...

Alcohol sting leads to three arrests

FONDA —Two men were arrested on Monday for allegedly selling alcohol to minors, and during the sting operation, a larceny was in progress which led to the arrest of a third male for allegedly stealing alcohol. Dylan C. Hay, 26, of 30 Willett St., Fort Plain, a Save-A-Lot employee, and ...

Eagle Scout’s project creates outdoor classroom at PTECH

JOHNSTOWN — From his freshman year, Shain Krutz, who will be a fourth-year Hamilton-Fulton-Montogmery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Pathways in Technology Early College High School student this fall, envisioned his school’s courtyard as a place for students to work ...

Akins gets 20 to life

JOHNSTOWN — The man who kidnapped a man for a week, tortured him and sexually abused him was sentenced today in Fulton County Court by Judge Polly Hoye to 20 years to life for first-degree kidnapping, two sentences of 20 years for the two charges of first-degree assault, and seven years for ...

Crime initiative leads to arrests

GLOVERSVILLE — Another multi-agency crime prevention initiative carried out in the city last week resulted in several drug related arrests, according to a police press release. The Gloversville Police Department participated in a crime prevention initiative in the city on Thursday with ...

‘Jail and bail’ fundraiser held

JOHNSTOWN — Justice moved swiftly on Saturday as lawbreaking city-folk were convicted on all charges and thrown in the stocks until their debts to society were paid during the Johnstown Historical Society’s first-ever “Jail N Bail” fundraiser. The Johnstown Historical Society issued ...